United Nations Climate Change Summit begins in Paris

Various Canadian Leaders at the Climate Change Summit in Paris.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t give a direct answer yesterday when pressed on when his government will present a national plan on climate change, but he did tell reporters on the opening day of the two-week United Nations climate conference in Paris that he and the Premiers are ready for the challenges ahead.

Mr. Trudeau is among the 151 national representatives at the negotiations that aim to complete a binding framework for post-2020 emissions reductions, and he used the summit to deliver on an election campaign promise by pledging $300-million a year for research and development on clean energy technology.

The money will go toward an initiative by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, French President Francois Hollande, and U-S President Barack Obama, and when the latter addressed the delegates in terror plagued Paris, he called the gathering, “An act of defiance” to those who would tear down the world.

The Paris Summit is the 21st international meeting on environment issues since 1992, but even some international climate activists are expressing doubts whether it will result in any real changes.

Rob Shirkey is the Executive Director of Toronto based, Our Horizon — a climate change environmental group working to among other things get climate change warning labels on gas pump nozzles.

Meantime, on the other side of the debate, a new book is getting a lot of attention, because it emphatically rejects claims of a ‘scientific consensus’ on the causes and consequences of climate change.

Titled ‘Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming,’ it suggests that probably the most widely repeated claim in the global warming debate is that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is man-made and dangerous.

Doctors, Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer — three prominent climate scientists affiliated with the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change — write: “This claim is not only false, but its presence in the debate is an insult to science.”